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#1 Re: General Polaris Ranger and Polaris RZR Discussions » Changing fluids Ranger 800 XP » 2012-08-28 15:31:32

I just finished changing oil, and front and rear gear/tranny fluids.  May the designer of this vehicle spent all eternity roasting in hell and having to change Ranger fluids  with a rusty screwdriver.  :twisted:   Now I feel better.

Is there a special tool for removing/installing the drain and fill plug?  The space available is diabolical.

Winthrop, WA

#2 Re: General Polaris Ranger and Polaris RZR Discussions » Polaris Windshield Wipers » 2010-10-07 13:01:44

I've got a Polaris Ranger XP, roll cage, roof, and front windshield.  Last winter I used it for plowing, which it did pretty well except in deep wet snow.  Anyway, I did not purchase electric windshield wipers when I bought it because they were something like $600.  When it rained or snowed I'd unbuckle, get out, and squeegie the windshield, plow some more, repeat.  So I've been looking for alternatives to the $600 option.  I've looked at some manual wiper blades with a handle just like the old days.  But the best one requires a 7/16" hole in the windshield.  The window guy says he can drill the hole, but it is likely that any bumps will cause the window to crack if not shatter.  He really recommended I not do that.  There is a removable manual wiper, but it would require me to cut out a large chunk of the plastic frame to attach it.  So I'm  back to wondering if there is a wiper kit that I could wire myself, but not for $600.  I'm up for any advice from you guys.  I only need it on the driver's side, it can be manual or electric.  Thanks in advance

Winthrop WA

#3 Re: The X Spot » Driving on snow and ice » 2009-11-06 20:24:59

Sweet way to innovate.  Thanks once again.

#4 Re: The X Spot » Driving on snow and ice » 2009-11-06 12:22:02

thanks.  Does the L shaped bracket some with the light kit?  I think adding lights makes a lot of sense.

#5 Re: The X Spot » Driving on snow and ice » 2009-11-05 16:41:27

Thanks for the reply, I thought you did a good job of explaining the problem with chains.  I won't use chains on the front, and I will only use them on the back when necessary.  I have a steep hill, and about as much snow as you (typically 2-4 feet on the ground during the winter.)  And we have a fair number of days when we get a warm spell, the snow melts, then freezes solid at night.  I spun out  one time with a Tucker snowcat with steel grousers, if you get my drift.

Do you expect the same problems that you mentioned with the Yamaha just using a blade?


#6 Re: The X Spot » Driving on snow and ice » 2009-11-05 10:38:53

Greetings.  Earlier I got advice from the Forum, and bought a Polaris Ranger 800.  I'm happy!  But some questions.  We took it up into the mountains of North Central Washington State yesterday, and got into some snow and ice.  The rear was a bit squirrely going uphill at low speed in 4x4 and 2wd. I bought chains for the rear, as I plan to do some light snow plowing in the winter, and our biggest problem is often ice. (I didn't need them yesterday.)

So two questions:

One, will a sand bag or two in the bed help the traction?

Two, why does the dealer not recommend chains on the front?  I did not get a clear reason.  Seems to me that if it does not cause damage, common sense would say that chains on all four wheels equals better traction.

I'd appreciate your thoughts and suggestions.

Winthrop WA

#7 Re: The X Spot » Advice needed on used Polaris 700XP » 2009-10-18 08:14:50

A snowplow is the worst thing anyone can do to any vehicle including side x sides. When used with some respect they will last forever, unfortunately most people think that when they have a snowplow they also think they own a bulldozzer and treat it as such.
I would look very close to where the plow mounts to the machine for damage, scratched paint around the mount will tell you if they have hit something hard and the mounts were pushed back, If the bolts are bent or look new most likely they were replaced to hide something. If it is lifted by the winch look to see if the winch mount is bent down, alot of people pull the cable to tight and it will break the cable, winch mount or winch.
As for the rest of the machine I dont know much about Polaris.
I plowed all year last year with my Rhino and it is still like new, so dont let anyone tell you it is just wear and tear if it looks kinda beat up.

That sounds like excellent advice.  I will inspect the mount carefully.   I want to look at a Rhino too.

#8 Re: The X Spot » Advice needed on used Polaris 700XP » 2009-10-17 11:29:42

I am new to side by sides.  I have a line on a 2009 Polaris  700XP.  It has 30 hours on it, and comes with a winch, plow blade (which I need), top, front window, doors, heater,  and wiper.  He is asking $12,500.

First, what do you guys think of the 700XP series, and what do you think of the price?  I plan on mostly using it as a work vehicle on our 20 acres.

If possible, I'd like to hear today on advice, as I will have to drive 4 hours to see it tomorrow.

Thanks in advance.


#9 Re: The X Spot » working UTV » 2009-10-08 07:10:01

Thanks for the advice.  I have some quite steep hills, and when it gets icy I expect that I will need chains.   I would plow the first run going downhill.  We live at 3500 feet, and get quite a bit of snow in winter.  Not as cold as Maine, but can get cold. The Rhino and Polaris both look like good rigs.

#10 Re: The X Spot » working UTV » 2009-10-07 11:37:18

Thanks.  The top picture looks like a Polaris Ranger, but I can't make out the brand or model of the second one.

#11 Re: The X Spot » working UTV » 2009-10-06 20:23:39

I am thinking about a UTV to help work our 20 acres of land.  I also need enough power  to be able to plow snow to supplement what the commercial guys will do.  I need to be able to haul tools like a chain saw and gas.  And I need the winch to pull small logs off the hillsides.  I don't see it being used much for off-road, but I do intend to drive gravel roads to visit neighbors, etc.  It needs to be able to carry two passengers at times.

I am a rookie on ATV/UTVs, but I have owned a 6x6 skid steer, so I can manage.  It gets cold here, my hills are pretty steep.  I'd need chains in the winter.

My working assumption is that a UTV would work better than an ATV, but if that's not true,  please pop my bubble.

So, from those guys with experience with working vehicles, please weigh in with your opinions about which vehicle would best meet my needs.  Brands, engine size, accessories etc.


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